Houston, we have a problem! A BIG problem!
Ok, maybe it’s not a problem, just a challenge, a big one! My Sea Cadet’s division is throwing their annual awards ball. Last year, his first year in, I let him go, but we didn’t really make a big deal out of it. This year, he’s been in a year and has been selected to be part of the Honor Guard (a special unit that does a ceremony honoring the MIA/POW of each military branch is how he explained it to me.) I want to support him, I am super proud of him BUT….
Two things really…social situations make me all sorts of uncomfortable. I have NEVER been good with people, small talk, happy hour…none of that. NEVER. I get nervous and self conscious and in this situation where I understand pretty much nothing about military stuff, well, I’m WAY out of my depth and comfort zone and pretty much, know no one who would be there.
And second, dress up?! Me?! I mean if it’s not jeans and a t-shirt, then you most likely will not see me in it. Seriously, I even wear them to church…okay, I throw a scarf on to dress it up a bit. But this is a FORMAL event. I mean, I saw the pictures from last year, the parents were in FORMAL, like prom dresses. Who does that? Who likes that? Ok, I know it’s part of the military culture, I see enough Facebook posts of friends whose husbands are in the military, but really…me?
So I asked him…”do you want me to go?” Hey, I remember this age, it was a really big toss up on whether I loved or hated my parents at any given time. And the bottom line is, he wants me there. He wants someone to witness his achievements, to smile proudly at him and to belong too. (Yes, I threw all those words in, he just stumbled around on the yes.) So I’m going… and it’s in a week!
What in the world do I wear? I can promise you that there is NOTHING in my closet that will pass muster, not even close. And unfortunately, I am a big girl so it’s not like I can just go borrow something from someone’s closet (ooh, I miss those days!) So help me! What does a mom wear to a son’s formal even that won’t a) break the bank, b) not be a complete waste of money since I hate the thought of buying something never to be worn again and c) doesn’t make me look like I’m trying to relive my high school prom days???
Help, I’m DESPERATE!